Illegal rubbish dumping

If you witness somebody illegally dumping their rubbish on a street, footpath, park or other public space, please phone the 24-hour EPA pollution hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).
You can also report illegal dumping by contacting us on 03 5471 1700 and a Council officer will investigate the dumped rubbish.
To find out more about illegal dumping visit the EPA website.


What is illegal rubbish dumping?

Illegal dumping is the deliberate or unauthorised dumping, tipping or burying of waste on land that is not licensed or fit to accept that waste.

Dumped rubbish can include household waste, green waste, building and demolition materials, household items such as appliances and electronic waste, furniture, mattresses, industrial wastes, packaging, old tyres and any other materials that have been disposed of inappropriately.

What is the impact of rubbish dumping?

Dumping rubbish can threaten the health and safety of the community.

Illegal dumping can threaten wildlife, promote the spread of weeds and pests and lead to long-term contamination of land, waterways and groundwater.

In addition to looking unsightly and unsafe, dumped rubbish including sharp objects, asbestos, nappies and medical waste are dangerous and can cause major health hazards.

Illegal dumping is a crime that is taken seriously by Mount Alexander Shire Council. Rubbish dumping costs you money. The cost to clean up dumped rubbish is significant. The cost for this is ultimately paid for by ratepayers. People that don’t care about polluting the environment and thinking they are getting free waste disposal by dumping are wrong. The cost is covered by general rates that residents pay. If someone is caught dumping they also face heavy fines.